12 October 2006

This day in history: 12 Oct

1216: King John lost the crown jewels of England in The Wash.

1859: Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, dissolved the US Congress.

1915: Edith Cavell, an English nurse, was executed by the Germans for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium to the Netherlands.

1964: Voshkod 1 - the first spacecraft to carry more than one man into space - was launched from Baikonur with three men aboard.

1972: 46 men were injured in a race riot involving over 100 crewmen on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), which was en route to the Gulf of Tonkin.

2000: USS Cole (DDG 67) was attacked by suicide bombers in a small boat whilst in port at Aden, Yemen.

2005: Shenzhou 6, China's second manned space mission, was launched from Jiuquan with a two-man crew.

Robert E Lee (1807-1870), "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell (1883-1946), Sonja Henie (1912-1969), Jay Ward (1920-1989) and John Denver (1943-1997) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Luciano Pavarotti (1935-TBD) and Sally Ride (1951-TBD)

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